I get the feeling that the local library had a huge shopping spree to see out the end of the Financial Year.
So MANY new books on the shelves at our last visit.
It was like Christmas in July, Library-Style.
Thanks to our library haul, coupled with the suggestions of other picture-book-loving people on Instagram, (stop enabling my habit! My bank account is not happy!) we have enjoyed some spectacular books this month!
Oh No, George! By Chris Haughton
This would be The Little Ladybird’s favourite book for the month. She wanders around the house, exclaiming “Oh No, George!”
George is a dog who tries very hard to be good. When temptation is placed in your path though (cake! soil! rubbish!) what’s a dog to do?
Simple text paired with graphic, stylised illustrations make this a library book that we will purchase a copy of to add to our own book collection.
Laika the Astronaut by Owen Davey
Another dog book! I grabbed this off the shelf purely based on it’s striking cover.
Sometimes you do just have to judge a book by it’s cover.
It tells the tale of Laika, the first dog in Space. Based on fact, it’s fictional ending imagines what really happened to the dog lost in space.
A book that gave me goosebumps.
The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez
A wordless book with exquisite illustrations.
A fox poultry-naps a chicken. Or does he?
The chicken’s friends follow in hot pursuit to “save” their friend.
Does the chicken want to be saved?
When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris and Chris Raschka
The world can be a scary, chaotic place.
This book explores how we can conquer fear and invite quiet back into our world.
This would be an amazing text to use to talk to kids about anxiety and how to cope with these feelings.
Chris Raschka’s illustrations add amazing pathos to the text.
Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham
The Little Ladybird shows her love for her baby brother in a most physical way.
I bought this book in the hope that it might help soften this tough love.
This is a glorious book. Bright, engaging with a detachable cardboard baby that you can swaddle and put to bed.Baby can be fed with a detachable bottle. You can practise tickling baby’s belly.
It is glorious, glorious, glorious. Perfectly suited to toddlers who find themselves in the role of older sibling.
Wow! said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
A vibrant read for littlies learning about their colours.
Bright and cheerful it follows a little owl who decides to forgo sleep and see the world in daylight.
The repetitive refrain of “Wow! said the Owl” is fun for little readers to engage with the text.
The White Book by Silvia Borando and Elisabetta Pica
Another wordless wonder.
This was first published by Italian publishers, Minibombo, who are dedicated to producing little books buzzing with big ideas.
A little painter faces a blank white wall and amazing creations appear with each new layer of paint.
This is my favourite from the library haul!
The Big Book of Happy by Natalie Marshall
This large format board book celebrates happiness in all of it’s forms.
Different things make different people (and animals) happy, and this book highlights the simple things that can make us happy.
A joy to share with little people.
Madame Sonia Delaunay by Gerard Lo Monaco
So I ordered some books for the kids this month, and I ordered this picture book just for me.
It is the pop-up book to end all pop-up books.
It celebrates the art of Sonia Delaunay in pop-up form.
Just look at it!
What great books have you been reading with your kids this month?
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I just love these books, such beautiful artwork on them. Lovely to treat yourself too, you can never have to many good books i say. Last night we had to read the elf on the shelf book (again) and had to figure out how many sleeps till the elf comes back again. ( It was a lot, thank goodness)
My philosophy exactly! (Not so much my Husband’s- he thinks we have enough bookshelves.)
I’m tossing up whether to get this Elf Dude?! I think my Little One will “get” Christmas this year now that she is a bit older. Hope he behaves himself at your house! xx
I hope the Elf behaves himself at yours!
What lovely books, will have to check them out. I was just reading Max the story about a pigeon and his friend Bob at my boy’s daycare today. It’s a lovely picture book and the kids loved it.
Is that the one where Max is a seagull? How magnificent are those illustrations?! So colourful and joyful. Thanks for dropping by xx
Is that the one about the seagull? Amazing illustrations in that one!
Yes you are right seagull not pigeon! I read don’t let the pigeon drive the bus too! Max has lovely illustrations.
So many great books with birds! xx
Oh such lovely books. I need to get my son a good collection of books for his birthday. I’ll be checking out some of these, thanks x
Book gifts are the BEST (in my book!!) xx
Book gifts are the best!!
Oh they look lovely! Love a good book haul! You are so good at taking book photos by the way. 🙂 x
I love my local library SO much! Thank you for the lovely compliment. xx
Thanks for your kind words xx
So much to love here! I will definitely check out The Big Book of Happy, and the baby snuggling book – the cutest!
I hope you enjoy them as much as we did xx
Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
There is absolutely nothing better than a good picture story book!!
Perhaps a good picture book coupled with a slice of cake? 😉 xx
Except picture books with cake?!
What a beautiful haul! I’m a sucker for kids books and especially picture books. I wish I had discovered a book like Snuggle the Baby when my Miss T became a big sister a few years back (there was much rough love!). I also love the concept of The Chicken Thief. I imagine it would encourage some great discussions with my Mr TT who at 3 is never short of words!
Snuggle the Baby is glorious! And The Chicken Thief ais great for predicitng and vocabulary development!
The illustrations in each of these are just divine. I adore picture books and continue to bring them home like stray puppies, even though my kids profess to have moved onto chapter books. x
They’re an investment (that’s my justification!)
Oh these make me smile. Isn’t the library the best! My kids love it but sometimes it’s hard to part with their borrowed books. Xx
That’s a sign of a good book-when it’s hard to return!